Psychologist Michael Varney Suspended for Alleged Sexual Misconduct with Patients

July 6, 2018

Iron River, Michigan - Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office filed an administrative complaint against Psychologist Michael Varney which resulted in a summary suspension of the licensee due to allegations of sexual misconduct with patients.
The complaint alleges that Varney behaved inappropriately with 10 patients dating back to 2009. Varney’s inappropriate behavior with patients includes:
• Sending sexually suggestive and inappropriate messages; 
• Requesting sexually suggestive photos; 
• Providing prescription pills in exchange for sexual contact; and 
• Divulging confidential information about other patients.
According to the complaint, Varney’s behavior violates nine counts of the Public Health Code including: providing practice-related services in exchange for sexual favors, sexual conduct with a patient while acting within the health profession, betrayal of professional confidence, negligence, incompetence and lack of good moral character.
"UP psychologist suspended for alleged sexual misconduct with patients," FoxUp, 6 July 2018,


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